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Bus Transportation Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 4100  |  NAICS 485000

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Public Transportation - Bus and Rail  (view report)
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

United Motorcoach Association
Bus & Motorcoach News
https://www.busandmotorcoachnews.com/

Biweekly trade magazine features news, information, and analysis for the North American commercial bus and motorcoach operators, with topics addressed in each issue including business management, fleet operations, market development, financing, human resources, insurance, maintenance, and legal advice. Selected articles from current and archived issues of the magazine can be viewed free online.


Bobit Business Media
Publications available from this organization include:

Metro Magazine
https://www.metro-magazine.com/
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the transit bus, transit rail, and motorcoach industries, with special features including the annual "Fact Book" (September issue), "Top 100 Transit Fleet Survey" (September/October issue), and the "Top 50 Motorcoach Fleet Survey" (January issue). Annual fact book issue and current and prior digital editions of the magazine are available free online.

Fact Book
https://www.metro-magazine.com/
Annual publication provides information on the transit bus, transit rail, and motorcoach industries, with content sections including industry data (e.g., transit bus data, rail project data, top motorcoach fleets), bus and chassis manufacturers, equipment, parts and service providers, consultants and contractors, and national, state, and regional organizations serving the industry. Publication is available free online.


The Producers, Inc.
BUSRide Magazine
https://busride.com/

Monthly publication features news and information for the transit, paratransit, motorcoach, school bus, and community transportation sectors, with topics addressed in each issue including enterprise asset management, fare collection, security and surveillance, accessibility, connectivity, facility design, and driver safety and training. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.


Rankin Publishing Company, Inc.
Busline Magazine
http://www.buslinemag.com/

Bimonthly journal features news and information for tour, transit, and specialty vehicle operators, with a primary focus on equipment (e.g., buses, vans, vehicle lifts, engines, transmissions), services (e.g., finance, insurance), and technology (e.g., software systems, video surveillance, tracking technology). Digital editions are available online, with free subscription for qualified parties available upon request.


American Public Transportation Association
Fact Book
https://www.apta.com/

Annual report provides national statistics for buses used in public transportation, with data provided in this publication including passenger trips and miles, vehicle miles operated, hours operated, average speed in service, number of vehicles available, average age, minimum useful life, and employees by job function (e.g., operations, vehicle maintenance, other maintenance, and general administration).


BizMiner
Market Analysis
https://www.bizminer.com

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.


More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios


BizMiner
Industry Financial Ratios
Urban Transit / Interurban and Rural Bus Services
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "485"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

IBISWorld
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for firms that provide intercity, rural, and other long-distance passenger transportation services over regular routes and schedules and/or charter transportation services on an as-needed contract basis for private groups and organizations. Sample report is available online.



Compensation and Salary Surveys


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Urban Transit Systems / Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation
https://www.bls.gov/oes/urban / interurban-and-rural

Annual employment and wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis for personnel employed by firms which provide these transportation services, with job occupations covered by these surveys including transit and intercity drivers, mechanics and diesel engine specialists, and vehicle and equipment cleaners. All information is available free online.


PayScale, Inc.
Transit, Interurban, and Rural Bus Service
https://www.payscale.com/

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this transportation sector such as operations manager, operations supervisor, and driver/operator (transit, transit and intercity), with employers for which wage data is provided including Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Transit, Inc., TransDev North America, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., and Adirondack Trailways.



Business Valuation Resources


BVMarketData
www.bvresources.com
Private company sales transaction data for over 800 industries.



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